The First Lady of Syria, Asma al Assad, has appeared for the first time to express her opinions about the country's turmoil as well as her support for her husband – the Syrian leader Bashar al Assad. British-born woman has broken her silence in 11 months sending an email to The Times for publication. According to the magazine, Asma Assad’s message is clear, the Syrian first lady stands firmly beside her husband in the circumstance that the country is on the brink of civil war.
Before the crisis in Syria, the 36-year-old First Lady Asma al Assad was known as one among the most visible of the female leaders. However, she has kept silent since the revolt broke out in the country in March 2011. According to the email sending via an intermediary from her office, the first lady is very busy with her main works in supporting different charities, rural development and the President. Asma al Assad also wrote in the letter that her husband “is the President of Syria, not a faction of Syrians, and the First Lady supports him in that role.”
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma al Assad
Asma Assad grew up in Acton , West London, graduated with a degree in computer science from King's College London and worked as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank before marrying Bashar Assad. Asma Assad met her husband Bashir al-Assad in London where he trained as an ophthalmologist and tied the knot with him shortly after he assumed power in 2010.
Asma Assad has almost disappeared from the public eye since beginning of the protests that killed over 5,000 people in the country. Therefore, she had received criticism for her silence. The email wrote “Asma Assad is no different than her delusional husband. She is also responsible for being a silent part of this mafia family”
The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, made an appearance at Al-Jalaa Stadium in Damascus in support of her husband
Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad and her two children, Karim and Zein listen to a speech by her husband, President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on January 11, 2012
One of stunning pictures of the First Lady of Syria, Asma al Assad
These days, Asma al Assad is focusing on helping the families of the victims of the violence in the country
A family picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. His wife, Asma, has been praised for her humanitarian efforts
Asma al Assad has broken her silence, sending an email to The Times to express her opinions about the country's turmoil and her support for her husband